A vital step in picking yourself and building a platform for your work is developing a bias for speed.
A project that goes up in six months is better then something that would take a year.
Three months is better then six.
If you can get something in front of the public NEXT WEEK, that's even better.
The idea of moving that fast may make you squeamish. If it does, I understand. The arts tend to move at a much slower pace. It's not uncommon to hear about projects that are in development for years. We generally hate getting work in front of people unless we feel like it is our very best stuff.
It's important, therefore, to remember what you're trying to do. This is about generating art for the hell of it. The goal is to build a following. One of the most effective ways to do that is by getting as much work into the marketplace as reasonably possible . . . and then responding to the feedback the market gives.
So if you're an actress - and you believe you're good - the best way to demonstrate that is by showing it. Maybe you work with some colleagues to do one five minute scene a month and put it online. While you're doing that, you are working one an one person show that you can perform a few times a month. You get the idea.
You're not waiting for permission to do the work. You are doing it. Over and over. As quickly as possible.
So get started soon. Even better, get started NOW.